After PM Summit 2018 Ankara

Project Management Update from Turkey


By İpek Sahra Özgüler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey




The project management conference PM Summit 2018 Ankara was held in the Turkish capital during 22-23 June 2018.  It was a huge success.  Below are some highlights from this big annual event in Turkey

Levent Erkan


 Title: “Best time for Change is the time that you think the Change is not necessary”

 I had a privelege to speak at the Opening Session of the Project Management Summit in Turkey. I had two messages and a real life case study to share with.

It is a definite fact that “Change” is necessary when you think that your business is not doing well. The best time for change is when you think that everything runs perfect and Change is not necessary. In fact, it is usually the time where you feel like your work is doing great and things are moving forward.

If you are a learning organization, you can keep getting feedback from all your stakeholders to improve yourself constantly. So, when exactly is the time to make changes for real improvement in your business? It is said easier than done; when you have an investment budget that is high, when all stakeholders including your staff, clients, investors, public believe in you as a strong institution, you can hire Professionals to make “real change”. It is usually riskier and almost mandatory to make the change – when your finances are not doing well and you need to close a department, stop producing one of your products, downsize or etc. The real improvement can come to your business, when there is the motivation level is high in your company with sufficient budget to make investment to improve even further when you feel like you are doing pretty good. That’s why, the best time for change to improve your business is when people feel that the company is doing well and there is no need for any change.

With this consideration, I changed the concept of PMO, EPMO or similar names in my new organization. There is no Project Management Office or Enterprise Project Management Office. There is now Continous Improvement Project Office (CIP Office). This also implies a mental change that people should be focused on for improvement. In fact, this way of thinking stresses that improvement should be continous in each unit of your business. All stakeholders should understand this mental change and utilize it very simply in daily life to continiously improve our Business. We need to learn as a business to find new ways to improve continuously.

Project Management Ankara Summit’s concept was Learning Organizations. And if you can apply this concept to your organizations, you will always be aware what needs to be changed or improved continiously. Your CIP Offices will finalize improvement areas and map them out with your continuously improved strategies. Then, who will implement these improvement areas as mapped to your strategies? Tha answer of course is your Project Management Teams at your CIP Offices.


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How to cite this report: Özgüler, I. S. (2018). After PM Summit 2018 Ankara, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue VII – July.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/pmwj72-Jul2018-Ozguler-Turkey-report.pdf

About the Author

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014. She works as international correspondent at PMWJ. Before joining PMWJ, she worked for global multinational companies and leading local companies such as Coca Cola, Deloitte, Turkcell Superonline,Havelsan and TAV IT.  Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in managing various medium and large scale projects, programs and portfolios.

Her article named “When I Decided to Develop Multi Processing Project Manager’s System” was published in the book “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager”.  She has published several articles in the PM World Journal and one in PMI’s PM Network magazine. Ipek is actively involved in sailing, writing and discovering new cultures.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

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